Robotics

Multiscope Rescue Hydra UGV firefighting robot at Sofins

5th July 2021
Alex Lynn

Milrem Robotics and InnoVfoam, the specialist in foam extinguishing technology presented the Multiscope Rescue Hydra unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Sofins exhibition held in France from June 29th until July 1st.

The jointly developed firefighting solution combines Milrem Robotics’ unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) Multiscope Rescue and InnoVfoam’s Hydra fire monitor and foam proportioning system.

The firefighting robot can be remotely operated by firefighters who remain at a safe distance while receiving a complete overview of the operation area via various cameras, i.e. thermal and infrared, and sensors onboard the robot that can additionally detect gas or chemical leaks.

The fire monitors can be operated independently from the UGV thanks to separate cameras on the UGV and the monitors allowing the vehicle to change position while maintaining a perfect overview of the fire. The system can also be complemented with additional preventive and repressive systems and autonomous functions.

“The Multiscope Rescue Hydra developed together with InnoVfoam can alleviate dangers firefighters face and help contain fires faster,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics. “This is also an ideal tool for military rescue services that face the same challenges as other firefighters.”

The Multiscope Rescue has a maximum payload capacity of 1,200kg and pull force of 15,000 N allowing it to be equipped with a variety of firefighting specific payloads including foam or water tanks, but also tethered drones for better situational awareness.

Robot firefighters can also deliver heavy firehoses to reach areas and enter structures that are inaccessible with bigger vehicles or may collapse on top of firefighters. They also help firefighters conserve energy and time. In case of forest or landscape fires, the robot firefighters can be airdropped to start limiting the spread of fires.

InnoVfoam’s fire monitors can dispense water and foam from 2,000 up to 20,000 liters per minute.

 

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